About a third of children exposed to the Zika virus in utero suffered from neurological problems, according to follow-up study published yesterday in Nature Medicine.
The Zika virus has fallen off the global radar since Brazil's 2016 outbreak triggered anxiety about the birth defects brought on by Zika-related microcephaly.
For the second time, a WHO panel last Friday passed on declaring the worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Science reports.
During the Zika virus outbreak in 2015-2016, scientists eager to study the mysterious virus were hampered by the low abundance of virus particles in any given sick patient. The process was “like fishing for a minnow in an ocean,” writes Leah Eisenstadt.
72 babies born with microcephaly—plus 2 WHO-confirmed cases—indicate “strong evidence” of a Zika cluster in Angola. But a lack of capacity for advanced testing coupled with a meager national health system mean tracking a potential outbreak will be difficult.
After scientists raced to develop a Zika vaccine following the 2015 outbreak, a $110 million trial is underway. But here’s the irony: Infection rates are so low that it’s impossible to test whether the vaccine works. It’s “a good dilemma because we don't have Zika anymore…
Miscarriages and stillbirths related to the Zika virus may be much higher than initially thought, according to data pooled from 6 primate research centers.
Public health researchers in Puerto Rico are shifting gears to analyze hurricane damage. While many labs are at diminished capacity, researchers are helping to identify and evaluate hurricane impacts like contamination of drinking water or the potential for a Zika outbreak…
The Zika epidemic in Brazil transformed the entire family unit, but little attention has been paid to the other children—the siblings of children with congenital Zika syndrome. For obvious and rightful reasons, most of the resources and attention galvanized by…
Viruses have been known allies in cancer treatment, but a study released yesterdayin the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows surprising promise using Zika virus to combat brain cancer.